Sunday, May 14, 2017

One year at sea and still going strong

I personally would have been seeking a liberty call long before now, preferably in Subic Bay or Pattaya Beach, but Bob ZL1RS's Ocean Floater is still plodding along and sending its telemetry on 30m JT9 and WSPR.

Based on Hans G0UPL's Ultimate 3, the Ocean Floater went to sea on 14 May 2016, powered by 18 D-cells in a series-parallel combination that was expected to last for 6 to 9 months. As of today it is about 1000 miles east of Cairns, Australia in the Coral Sea.

As I look at the map of the Ocean Floater's progress, I'm amazed at the technology that allows hobbyists to both launch and track such a device. But I also realize that a shipwreck victim on a raft could spend a year at sea (if they somehow survived that long) and not see so much as a glimpse of land.
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4 comments:

  1. If you were adrift at sea with this track you would be lucky if they found anything left of your corpse.

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    1. Unless rainfall was plentiful and you had a few fellow shipmates to dine on:

      http://www.grindtv.com/random/castaway-that-survived-a-record-438-days-at-sea-sued-for-eating-crewmate/#lZxzUCGmoVubMuJs.97

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  2. Looks like it will be landfall on the Australian coast in a few months. De k6kub

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  3. John - this is just so cool. Thanks for bringing this forward. 73 Jim W1PID

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